Clear out unwanted goods – hold a garage sale.
Get rid of flammables – paint, petrol, gas cylinders.
Empty fuel from mowers, clippers, trimmers and so on.
Clothes – do you need them all? Charity shops may want them.
Separate books – disposable, family reading, valuable.
Check all electrical goods – will they work in the new home?
Start making up your change of address list.
Arrange to have mail forwarded.
Arrange termination date for electricity, gas, oil, telephone and other main suppliers.
If you are taking electrical goods such as a stereo, see if you still have their original boxes.
Have rugs cleaned.
If you have children, separate cherished toys to travel with you.
Round up personal documentation – marriage/birth certificates, driving licenses and so on.
Keep passports separate so they are not packed.
With regards to family pets– make sure vaccinations and documentation are up to date.
Will your new home be ready? If not, you need to arrange temporary storage.
Shops, schools, theaters, life styles – it’s never too early to find out about your new home.
Start running down freezer stocks.
Arrange your finances – close or transfer bank accounts, savings accounts and so on, if necessary contact few moving companies in advance.
Packing Materials:Use only strong, corrugated cartons with covers. We can supply you with specially made cartons, for everything from mattresses to clothing and mirrors. The added protection of mover-provided cartons may avoid damage that results from the use of poor-quality packing materials. Your alternative is to collect boxes discarded by your grocery or liquor store. Save old newspapers for use in packing, but remember that ink may rub off and stain clothing or other items.
*WARNING: Insect eggs and insects such as roaches can travel in food boxes.
Keep this in mind when getting boxes from food stores. Here’s a list a packing supplies that will come in handy:
Plastic bags and labels for easy identification.
Foam peanuts, Styrofoam pellets or “popcorn.”
Tissue or craft paper for delicate packing jobs.
Corrugated paper rolls for figurines and fragile items.
Gummed tape (1 1/2 to 2 inches wide) and/or strong twine for sealing cartons.
Markers and labels for identifying contents of cartons.
Notebook and pencil for carton identification log.
Scissors and/or sharp knife.